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Malani Mordecai Lungu Edit Profile


Minister of Loral Government and Minister of Community Development and Social Welfare, appointed September 4, 1972. Founder-member of the Malawi Congress Party in 1960 who served with diligence and distinction on several committees and commissions of enquiry before reaching cabinet rank in 1969.


He was born on August 28, 1930, in the Mzimba district of the Northern Region.


Educated at the Church of Scotland Mission at Mzimba and sent by it to Livingstonia Mission for a two-year teacher’s training course. Qualified as an English Grade teacher in 1953. Still an eager student, he took an advanced course at the Domasi Teachers’Training College, 10 miles north of Zomba, and obtained a Higher Teacher’s Certificate in 1959.


His teaching studies enabled him to avoid being caught in the round-up of nationalists for political detention in March 1959, under the state of emergency, although he had been a member of the Nyasaland African Congress since 1958. He continued as a teacher until after the independence despite being in at the start of the Malawi Congress Party in 1960.

President Banda promoted Lungu to the cabinet on November 28, 1969, as Minister of Education. Subsequently two other portfolios were added — Health and Community Development. In the reshuffled cabinet in April 1972 he was assigned to the Ministry of Health on its own. Six months later he regained his responsibility for Community Development when President Banda made him swop ministries with Makhumula Nkhoma.


Politics on a full-time basis only began for him in 1965 when he was elected MP for Mzimba Central and he had to give up teaching. His skill in committee work resulted in his being appointed to the Complaints Committee set up by the 1969 annual conference of the Malawi Congress Party. It also led to his appointment as director of the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation.